How to compare moving companies and to make the right choice when it comes to choosing a moving company for your next relocation? The first step is to evaluate moving companies and to compare their prices and services. But the question is, how to do it and what is the best way? This is why we are here, to guide you.
How to properly evaluate moving companies?
To avoid fraudulent movers, you must check every company you are considering hiring, in order to protect your items and to get the best service for the money you are paying.
Check the registration number
A company you will hire must have a license for relocation. What license depends on the type of your move. It is not the same if you are moving within the state or to another state or country. It’s not difficult to check the registration number, you can do it online on FMCSA’s website.
Before you organize your moving, you, your family, and your items must be protected (insured), because you never know what can happen. Items can be lost or damaged during transportation and a moving company should pay you if your items are damaged.
Basic company’s info
You must have the company’s basic information because it will help you research them more. The info you will need is:
- Their physical address and visit them to make sure the address is correct
- Phone number
- License number
- Website address and social media profiles
Read online moving reviews
Reading moving company reviews from the past clients will help you a lot to evaluate moving companies. Of course, make sure you are not reading fake online moving reviews and learn how to spot them (too positive feedbacks, the same date of posting reviews, similar writing style, etc). Read on Yelp, BBB, and forums.
Evaluate services they provide
Do you need more services (other than transporting)? You can evaluate movers by the services they provide to clients such as packing and storage. Besides that, pay attention to their representative when talking with them. A representative should be honest, adaptable, kind, and experienced.
Get an in-home moving estimate
Moving company prices can vary – there are cheap and expensive services. A reliable moving company will estimate your items in person and give you an accurate moving cost. While an estimator is in your house, ask him/her questions about moving and make sure that all your items are on the list.
In the end, trust your gut
If you have a bad feeling about a moving company, trust your gut and think twice. Our instinct is strong and we should listen to our inner voice. Evaluate moving companies according to these steps in this article, but also, make your own opinion after talking to the company’s representatives and visiting their office.